Discover the future by building it together

about us

Who we are

Odyssey is a non-profit online incubator for multi-stakeholder collaboration that connects governmental, corporate, scientific and nonprofit partners with anyone that can contribute to building open source solutions for complex 21st-century challenges.

Together, we create an interconnected, multi-stakeholder ecosystem where we discover the future by building it.

What we do

Complex 21st-century challenges faced by humanity today cannot be solved by any single organisation alone. They can be solved only by interconnected collaborative ecosystems, where everyone is enabled to contribute to a successful outcome as effectively as possible.

We mobilize a global ecosystem of more than 6,000 members, among whom developers, creatives, startups, corporates, investors, governmental bodies, legal experts, regulators, scientists, and other key stakeholders. Odyssey is exploring the internet’s potential to unlock new levels of online collaboration and next-gen event experiences.

We believe that the value of blockchain is in the possibility to “commonize” important parts of digital infrastructure. We strive to build this new type of common public digital infrastructure as an alternative to the current practice in which the important parts of the information and communication infrastructure are proprietary: owned by governments, corporations, and others.

Every Odyssey effort is aimed at developing this shared public digital infrastructures, owned by no one and used by everyone, where each new open protocol unlocks a new market. A digital infrastructure upon which mass collaboration can flourish.  

How we do it

The Odyssey program is a seasonal, 10-month journey starting from problem identification to building the solutions and implementing pilots. The program used to incorporate an event known as the Odyssey Hackathon. Three successful physical editions of the Hackathon took place before the decision was made to transition to a new online event format and rebrand it as Odyssey Momentum.

Throughout this journey, we bring together the stakeholders with whom we articulate the challenges, exchange knowledge, and prepare for Odyssey Momentum— 48 hours of mass online collaboration. During  Momentum, selected teams from all over the world co-create new solutions in collaboration with the challenge leads, stakeholders, experts, regulators, and even other teams.

Odyssey is now in season 4, with Momentum coming up on November 13-15, 2020.

Program Overview

01.

DEFINING

challenge workshops
Odyssey, partners and stakeholders define the challenges of the season

02.

ALIGNING

ODYSSEY polaris

Connecting the dots of all 20 challenges to co-create a bigger picture

03.

LEARNING

ODYSSEY connect

The ecosystem exchanges knowledge to prepare for Momentum

04.

BUILDING

ODYSSEY MOMENTUM
New solutions are co-created within 48 hours

05.

LAUNCHING

ODYSSEY Ignite
Teams and solutions are supported towards a multi-stakeholder pilot

Our values

CONNECT, CO-CREATE, COLLABORATE

Odyssey enables everyone to contribute to the solutions to complex global problems. These are shared problems, which are difficult to solve by only one party. We need a commonized digital public infrastructure, which everyone can use and build with it.

 

WE – PEOPLE – HAVE POWER

We – the people – have power to embrace the change to become this alternative system and find new approaches to complex global problems. Together with everyone, who wants to be part of it, we discover the future by actually building it.

 

ANYONE CAN CONTRIBUTE

We strive for a variety, inclusivity and multi-perspectivism. This is a story we can only write together and we need everyone to be part of it and hold a part of the solution in their hands!

EXPLORE, NOT JUDGE

Odyssey aims to explore the possibilities with a beginner’s mind and willingness to experiment, to try (and often fail!), and especially, an intrinsic curiosity to explore, without any prejudgements or assumptions.

 

SKIN AND SOUL IN THE GAME

Odyssey is a community of entrepreneurial people doing good for society. This community unites those who have soul in the game and skin in the game, the people who are truly committed to moving this world forward and willing to take risks in doing so.

Our impact

The goal of each Odyssey partner is to elevate the best teams and solutions to multi-stakeholder pilots after Momentum. Since 2016, more than 230 prototypes have emerged from the program, addressing the challenges of over 40 partners. Interested in becoming a partner? Please email Stefan at sk@odyssey.org

01.
OUR BRAND

Our brand story and design guidelines

02.
COMMUNITY

Become a member

03.

MOMENTUM

November 13-15, 2020